Nashville’s exit al­ters Fire games

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Nashville SC with­drew Thurs­day from the MLS is Back tour­na­ment in Or­lando, Florida, af­ter nine play­ers tested pos­i­tive for the coronaviru­s, the league an­nounced.

Nashville be­came the sec­ond team to pull out of the tour­na­ment. FC Dal­las with­drew Mon­day af­ter 10 play­ers and a coach tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

Nashville’s with­drawal forced MLS to up­date the for­mat and sched­ule for the tour­na­ment and put the Fire in Group B with the San Jose Earth­quakes, Seattle Sounders and Van­cou­ver Whitecaps. They will play the Sounders at 8 a.m. Tues­day, the Earth­quakes at 7 p.m. July 19 and the Whitecaps at 8 a.m. July 23.

Chi­nese sports of­fi­cials said the coun­try won’t hold any in­ter­na­tional sports com­pe­ti­tions for the rest of the year be­cause of the coronaviru­s pan­demic.

NBA Court pa­pers say Zion’s step­dad took $400K

Ac­cord­ing to a sworn af­fi­davit filed by at­tor­neys for Pel­i­cans star Zion Wil­liamson’s for­mer mar­ket­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive in fed­eral court, Wil­liamson’s step­fa­ther so­licited and ac­cepted a $400,000 pay­ment from a Cana­dian mar­ket­ing agent in Oc­to­ber 2018 — be­fore Wil­liamson’s only col­lege sea­son at Duke.

At­tor­neys for Gina Ford say the af­fi­davit and other ex­hibits show Wil­liamson was in­el­i­gi­ble when he played for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 sea­son.

The Nets filled two open­ings on their ros­ter by sign­ing for­ward Michael Beasley and guard Ja­mal Craw­ford as sub­sti­tutes for the rest of the sea­son.

GOLF Woods to re­turn next week at Me­mo­rial

Tiger Woods an­nounced on Twit­ter that he will play next week at the Me­mo­rial in Dublin, Ohio, a tour­na­ment he has won a record five times. It will end a five-month break from com­pe­ti­tion for Woods, who last played Feb. 16 at the Gen­e­sis In­vi­ta­tional in Los An­ge­les, where he shot 76-77 to miss the cut.

‘‘I’ve missed go­ing out and com­pet­ing with the guys and can’t wait to get back out there,’’ Woods said.

Collin Morikawa shot a 7-un­der-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Adam Hadwin af­ter the first round of the Work­day Char­ity Open in Dublin, Ohio.

NHL Devils hire Ruff as coach, Fitzger­ald as GM

The Devils hired for­mer Sabres and Stars coach Lindy Ruff to be their coach and pro­moted in­terim gen­eral man­ager Tom Fitzger­ald to GM.

Ruff coached the Sabres in 1997-2013 and the Stars in 2013-17 be­fore spend­ing the last three sea­sons as an as­sis­tant with the Rangers. The Devils chose him over in­terim coach Alain Nasred­dine and sev­eral vet­eran coaches in the run­ning. Fitzger­ald had been named in­terim GM when Ray Shero was fired Jan. 12.

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